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Tests

To apply to begin studying at Oxford in 2018, you must submit a UCAS application online and register for our admissions tests anytime from mid-September to 15 October 2017. We recommend that you do this as soon as possible. The final deadline for all applicants is Sunday 15 October 2017.

It is very important to make arrangements in good time, as your application may not be as competitive - or may not be considered at all - if you do not take any test or tests required for your course.

For most courses, you are required to take a test, normally at your school or college: see below for details. You must register for any test or tests required for your course. Registration is a two-stage process:

  1. Your school or college must be registered as a test centre - so check with your exams officer. (Many UK schools are already registered.) If your school cannot do this, you may take the test at an open centre.
  2. You need to be registered as a candidate. Please ask the exams officer at your school or college to register you, or contact an open centre.

Make sure you register in plenty of time and before the final registration deadline: 6pm UK time on Sunday 15 October 2017.

The tests must be taken on Thursday 2 November 2017.

Applicants for Law 

All candidates must take the LNAT (the National Admissions Test for Law) between 1 September and 20 October 2017. To guarantee a test slot you will need to register by 5 October 2017. See below for further details.

Archaeology and Anthropology

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

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Biochemistry

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Biological Sciences

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Biomedical Sciences

Test:
All applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT). You need to register by 1 October. Late registrations are accepted up until 15 October, but there is an additional fee for this.

How to register and specimen papers:
www.bmat.org.uk.

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Chemistry

Test: 
Candidates applying to study Chemistry (F100) must take the Thinking Skills Assessment: Section 1 (TSA S1) as part of their application. TSA S1 is a 90-minute test that consists of 50 multiple-choice thinking skills questions.

Applicants for Chemistry must ensure that they are registered to take TSA S1. 

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Classics

Tests:
All candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT). This test is in three parts: the Latin test, the Greek test and the Classics Language Aptitude Test.

Candidates who are studying Latin or Greek to A-level or equivalent (those applying for Course I) must take the test(s) in the language(s) you are studying. These each consist of a short passage in prose and verse in the classical language, to be translated into English. The passages, vetted by experienced teachers, are carefully chosen to be of a difficulty suitable to students at A2 level or equivalent.

Candidates who are studying neither Latin nor Greek to A-level or equivalent (those applying for Course II) must take the Classics Language Aptitude Test. This is designed to assess your ability to analyse how languages work, in a way which doesn't depend on your knowledge of any particular language, in order to gauge your aptitude for learning a new language rapidly. As part of the selection process there will be a follow-up interview for shortlisted candidates, where problems in the test may be revisited. We strongly recommend that all candidates who sit the Classics Language Aptitude Test work their way through at least one sample paper.

No special preparation is expected for any component of the Classics Admissions Test, other than diligent participation in your usual work at school or college.

How to register:
www.catoxford.org.uk

Specimen papers:

Further past papers, along with answers for the Language Aptitude Test, may be found on the Classics website.

Classics and English

Tests:
Candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT) AND the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT). Please note that separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

For further information, please see the separate entries for Classics and for English.

Classics and Modern Languages

Tests:
Candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT) AND the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Please note that separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

For further information, please see the separate entries for Classics and for Modern Languages.

Classics and Oriental Studies (Classics with Oriental Studies - Q8T9)

Test:
All candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT). For details please see the separate entry for Classics.

Candidates intending to study Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, or Persian must take the Language Aptitude Test within the CAT, even if they are taking Latin and/or Greek to A2 level (in addition to any other parts required).

Classics and Oriental Studies (Oriental Studies with Classics - T9Q8)

Test:
Candidates intending to study Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, or Persian must take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT). For details please see the separate entry for Oriental Studies.

Computer Science

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
Please see the Computer Science website.

Computer Science and Philosophy

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
Please see the Computer Science website.

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Earth Sciences (Geology)

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Economics and Management (E&M)

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

Engineering Science

Test:
All candidates for all Engineering courses must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). Please note that the format of the Physics Aptitude Test has changed. In 2017 multiple choice questions will be re-introduced and the physics and maths sections will be mixed up with one another rather than being two distinct sections. Candidates are urged to plan their time appropriately and attempt all the questions on the paper.

How to register:
www.patoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Physics website.

English and Modern Languages

Tests:
All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT) AND the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT). Please note that separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

For further information, please see the separate entries below for English and for Modern Languages.

English Language and Literature

Test:
All candidates must take the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT).

How to register and specimen papers:
www.elat.org.uk
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European and Middle Eastern Languages (EMEL)

Test:
All candidates will need to take both the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT) AND the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT). Separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

How to register and specimen papers:
Please see the separate entries for Modern Languages and for Oriental Studies.

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Fine Art

Test:
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, which will include a practical test. Candidates will be asked to complete two pieces in a variety of media from a number of possible subjects. Candidates themselves do not need to make any special arrangements for the test, as this will be organised for them by their college.

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Geography

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

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History

Test:
All candidates for History and its Joint Schools must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT). The HAT paper will have three questions. Applicants for History and Economics must also sit the TSA. 

How to register and specimen papers:
www.hatoxford.org.uk

History (Ancient and Modern)

Test:
All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT). For further information, please see the separate entry for History.

History and Economics (HECO)

Tests:
All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT) and the Thinking Skills Assessment: Section 1 (TSA S1). Separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

How to register and specimen papers:
www.tsaoxford.org.uk
www.hatoxford.org.uk

History and English

Test:
All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT), as for History.

Please note that candidates for History and English are NOT required to take the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT).

History and Modern Languages

Tests:
Candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT) AND the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

For further information, please see the separate entries for History and for Modern Languages.

History and Politics

Test:
All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT). For further information, please see the separate entry for History.

History of Art

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Human Sciences

Test: 
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: 

www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

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Law (Jurisprudence) and Law with Law Studies in Europe

Test:
All candidates must take the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT).

Candidates for Law with Law Studies in Europe who are applying for the French, German, Italian or Spanish Law options may be given an oral test in the relevant European language in December if they are shortlisted for interview. 

How to register and specimen papers:
www.lnat.ac.uk.  (To find your nearest test centre, visit www.lnat.ac.uk/on-test-day/test-centres, then click on ‘live test centre locator’ near the bottom of the page.)

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Materials Science

Test:
All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). Please note that the format of the Physics Aptitude Test has changed. In 2017 multiple choice questions will be re-introduced and the physics and maths sections will be mixed up with one another rather than being two distinct sections. Candidates are urged to plan their time appropriately and attempt all the questions on the paper.

How to register:
www.patoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Physics website.

Mathematics

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Maths Department website.

Mathematics and Computer Science

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Maths Department website.

Mathematics and Philosophy

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Maths Department website.

Mathematics and Statistics

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:

See Maths Department website.

Medicine (A100 and A101)

Test:
All applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT). You need to register by 1 October. Late registrations are accepted up until 15 October, but there is an additional fee for this.

How to register and specimen papers:
www.bmat.org.uk.

Modern Languages

Tests:
All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). This test is a booklet containing several different papers: please check to see which papers are required for your course.

How to register:
www.mlatoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Modern Languages website.

Modern Languages and Linguistics

Tests:
All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). This test is a booklet containing several different papers: please check to see which papers are required for your course.

How to register and specimen papers:
Please see Modern Languages above.

Music

Test:
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to take a practical test in December.

For further details:
Music test.

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Oriental Studies

Test:
Candidates for course combinations which include Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Persian will need to take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT).

How to register:
www.olatoxford.org.uk

Specimen of written test:

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Philosophy and Modern Languages

Test:
All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Please see the separate entry for Modern Languages for further details. This test is a booklet containing several different papers including a Philosophy paper for students applying for Philosophy and Modern Languages: please check to see which papers are required for your course

Specimen of written test:
Please see the separate entry for Modern Languages.

Philosophy and Theology

Test: 
All candidates must take the Philosophy Test.

How to register: www.admissionstestingservice.org/phil.

Specimen of written test: 

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

Physics

Test:
All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). Please note that the format of the Physics Aptitude Test has changed. In 2017 multiple choice questions will be re-introduced and the physics and maths sections will be mixed up with one another rather than being two distinct sections. Candidates are urged to plan their time appropriately and attempt all the questions on the paper.

How to register:
www.patoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Physics website.

Physics and Philosophy

Test:
All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).

How to register:
www.patoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Physics website.

Psychology (Experimental)

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). See www.tsaoxford.org.uk for further details.

Candidates for courses including Linguistics (Psychology and Linguistics, Philosophy and Linguistics) must also take the Linguistics Test. This is part of the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Please see Modern Languages above.

Please note that separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

Specimen papers:
See Psychology website.

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Religion and Oriental Studies

Test:
Candidates applying to the Judaism and Islam strands, intending to study Hebrew, Arabic, Persian or Turkish, are required to take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT); candidates for the Buddhism, Hinduism and Eastern Christianity strands do not have to sit a written test.

How to register and specimen papers:
www.olatoxford.org.uk

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Theology and Religion

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

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